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Grants & Funding

Precincts and Partnerships Program

On 24 August 2023 the Australian Government announced the launch of the Government’s new $400 million regional Precincts and Partnerships Program (rPPP).

The program supports transformative investment in regional, rural and remote Australia which will unify regional places, grow economies and serve communities.  Unlike traditional grants programs, the rPPP will focus on a partnership approach, bringing together governments and communities to deliver regional precincts that are tailored to local needs and have shared vision on how that precinct connects to the region.

The rPPP is a grants program that will provide funding through two grant streams to support both the design and development of precincts, and delivery of construction-ready precinct projects.

  • Stream One: Precinct development and planning. Grants of between $500,000 to $5 million will be available for master planning, consultation, design, business cases and partnership establishment.
  • Stream Two: Precinct delivery. Grants of between $5 million and $50 million will be available to help deliver one or more elements of a precinct. It could be enabling infrastructure (roads, pathways, underground infrastructure), public infrastructure, or open spaces between elements or a particular building that activates other investment.

The program is open to state, territory and local government agencies or bodies, regional universities (which may be for-profit), and incorporated not-for-profit organisations.  Applications can be accepted at any time throughout the year (i.e. always open).

The program’s guidelines, application portal and the media release can now be accessed via, GrantConnect and

The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts will be facilitating a webinar about the program and its application process on Tuesday 19 September at 10:00AM to 11:00AM (AEST). The link to access the webinar will be provided closer to the date.

If you have any queries regarding the program’s application process, please contact the Business Grants Hub at or call 13 28 46.

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Growing Regions Program –

Round 1 Guidelines Released

Grant guidelines have been released for the first round of the Australian Governments new Growing Regions Program which replaces the Building Better Regions Fund.

In Round 1 of the Growing Regions Program, $300 million will be available to support capital works projects for community and economic infrastructure across regional and rural areas.

Expressions of Interest opened:  Wednesday, 05 July 2023

Project funding available:  $500,000-$15M

The Program is open competitive with grants awarded on a merit basis.

There will be a two-stage application process.  Under Stage One, applicants will be required to submit Expressions of Interest which will be assessed to ensure projects meet eligibility requirements, project readiness and program suitability, and are aligned with regional priorities for the area.

Expressions of Interest that are assessed as meeting requirements and approved to proceed will be invited to submit a full application (Stage Two).

State One – Expressions of Interest closed:  Tuesday, 01 August 2023

Stage Two – Full Applications close: 5:00pm AEDST 12 December 2023.

Guidelines and program information will be available on GrantConnect and at

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Letters of Support

RDA Great Southern is pleased to provide letters of support to assist community stakeholders gain access to grant funding. Please send your request to along with the following:

  • Organisation Name
  • Contact Name
  • Contact Email
  • Contact Phone
  • Name of the grant you are applying for
  • Closing date of the grant
  • Details of the project including why it is regionally important, it’s benefits and costings
  • Any relevant documentation

Please note any requests for letters of support must be submitted 14 days prior to grant closing date.

Developing Funding Proposals – A Guide

Need help preparing a funding or grant application? This document is a fantastic resource to guide you through your application process or contact us for advice and we can provide some great resources to assist you.

Funding Success in the Great Southern 

BBRF 5 Projects:

Infrastructure Projects Stream – announced 8 October 2021

City of Albany, Albany Motorsport Park. $4,990,000 towards a total project cost of $9,990,000. The project will construct a multipurpose motorsport park in Albany.

Community Investments Stream

Fitzgerald Biosphere Group Inc, Bremer Bay Regional Trails Masterplan. $20,000 towards a total project cost of $20,000. The project will develop a strategic plan for recreational trails around the greater Bremer Bay area.

City Of Albany, Albany 2026-Discover Kinjarling. $270,000 towards a total project cost of $675,000. The project will contribute to the planning for Western Australia’s bicentenary celebrations in Albany in 2026, by developing strategic and marketing plans.

Yongergnow – Ongerup Community Resource Centre Inc, Being a better Boss – Workshop. $6,118 towards a total project cost of $7,338. The project will deliver the ‘Being a Better Boss’ workshop to business owners and farm managers from the primary sector impacted by a lack of seasonal workers due to COVID-19. The project aims to provide the skills to become an employer of choice, retain staff and thereby encourage workers to remain living and working in the local area.

To view the successful BBRF 5 projects announced on 8 October 2021, visit Infrastructure Project Stream.

BBRF 4 Projects:

Infrastructure Projects Stream

Shire of Jerramungup, Jerramungup Swimming Pool Upgrade Project. $2,100,000 towards a total project cost of $4,200,000. The project will deliver a new public swimming pool and supporting infrastructure to replace current pool facilities located within the Jerramungup District High School Precinct.

Boxwood Hill Combined Sports Club (Inc), Refurbish BHCSC clubhouse facility. $542,985 towards a total project cost of $1,085,970.  The project will upgrade the infrastructure at Boxwood Hill Combined Sports Club.

Community Investments Stream

The Western Australian Opera Co. Inc., Bran Nue Dae Regional Tour (additional week in Southwest WA). $200,000 towards a total project cost of $715,563. The project will deliver a regional tour of the musical theatre production Bran Nue Dae to the regional towns of Albany and Esperance in Western Australia.

To view the successful BBRF 4 projects announced on 5 June 2020,visit Infrastructure Project Streamand Community Investments Stream. 

BBRF 3 Projects:

Community Investments Stream – announced 10 March 2019

Great Southern Centre for Outdoor Recreation Excellence Limited, Great Southern Regional Trails Master Plan. $129,482 towards a total project cost of $347,355. This project will deliver a Regional Trails Master Plan for the Great Southern region of WA over a ten-year period.  The Plan will outline an infrastructure development program for a wide range of trail experiences suited to different user groups across the region. 

Great Southern Centre for Outdoor Recreation Excellence Limited, Great Southern Learning Adventures Strategic Marketing Plan. $20,000 for a total project cost of $20,000. This project will deliver a strategic marketing and communications plan focusing on the promotion of the natural, cultural and heritage assets of the Great Southern region of Western Australia. 

Fitzgerald Biosphere Group Inc., Regional Capacity and Capability. $19,715 towards a total project cost of $19,715. This project will deliver a professional development program and funding diversification workshop which will help the Fitzgerald Biosphere Community Collective (FBCC) build support, network and ensure financial sustainability of the group in the region. 

Fitzgerald Biosphere Group Inc., Mapping the Gaps, Planning for Growth. $19,836 for a total project cost of $19,836. The project will deliver a sustainability survey for the Fitzgerald Biosphere region – a UNESCO-recognised ecosystem in the southern part of WA. The survey will gather information from industry and community to inform policy development and business activity.  The project will deliver a public event to present the results of the survey. 

City of Albany, Butterflies of Corbie Exhibition at the National Anzac Centre.  $20,000 for a total project cost of $41,000.  The project will showcase the Butterflies of Corbie collection from France as a temporary exhibition at the National Anzac Centre in Albany from November 2019 to Anzac Day 2020. 

Shire of Katanning, Katanning Economic Activation Project. $19,800 for a total project cost of $19,800.  The project will provide facilitated development sessions for up to four industry cluster groups, involving – cluster development; Planning for collaboration; Mentoring for success; and the development of the Katanning Harmony Festival food business; a three-year programme to facilitate the development of emerging food businesses in Katanning. 

Shire of Gnowangerup, Digital Education: A Cultural Change in the Community.  $33,160 for a total project cost of $48,160. The project will develop and deliver a series of digital capability programs to improve digital literacy and participation across the region. 

To view the successful BBRF 3 projects announced on 10 March 2019 visit Infrastructure Project Stream and Community Investments Stream.    

 BBRF 2 Projects: $4.5M

Infrastructure Projects Stream

City of Albany, Middleton Beach Foreshore Enhancement. $4,513,500 towards a total project cost of $9,027,000. The project will include foreshore development and revitalisation, and coastal protection measures. 

The successful applications for the Infrastructure Project Stream were announced on 9 July 2018 and a full list can be downloaded.  

To view the successful BBRF 2 applications announced on 9 July 2018 visit Infrastructure Project Stream and the Community Investments Stream announced on 4 July 2018.  

 BBRF 1 Projects:

Infrastructure Projects Stream

Great Southern Housing Initiative (GSHI) - $10,000,000 towards a total project cost of $27,742,884. Congratulations to the Shire of Broomehill-Tambellup for their successful application of $10,000,000 to develop the Great Southern Housing Initiative (GSHI). This project will address the shortage of quality, affordable housing across the Great Southern region.  The GSHI will deliver a total of 79 housing units, comprising 43 units for independent seniors and 36 units for regional employees.  The housing units with be built across the nine Shires of Broomehill-Tambellup, Cranbrook, Gnowangerup, Jerramungup, Katanning, Kent, Kojonup, Plantagenet and Woodanilling.

Community Investments Stream – announced 22 September 2017

Shire of Katanning, Katanning Business Activation Project. $20,000 towards a total project cost of $20,000.  A joint project between the Shire of Katanning the the Katanning Regional business Association to engage in business development and activation activities as well as create a business centre to support, mentor and train new and start-up businesses.

South Coast Natural Resource Management Incorporated, Southern Prospects 2018-2023. $74,238 towards a total project cost of $99,238.  A revised South Coast Regional Strategy to guide natural resource management on the south cost of Western Australia.

South West Catchments Council, Talkin’ Soil Health 2018 Conference. $26,160 towards a total project cost of 54,110. Funding for two keynote speakers to attend structured conferences and facilitate practical workshops on biological controls and solutions to promote crop yields and control pests and disease.  This will happen over three consecutive conferences in seven days at three locations, including Katanning, with the aim of increasing knowledge and skills for adopting innovative and sustainable agricultural practices.

Southern Edge Arts Incorporated, RISK Youth Circus Project. $57,376 towards a total project cost of $150,714.  An annual program of weekly circus skills workshops for at risk, indigenous youths, with ongoing mentorship and performance opportunities for young participants.  Twelve weeks of mask making and stencil art workshops to increase emotional literacy around anger and family violence, resulting in a public art project in the city centre.

City of Albany, Anzac Albany 2018. $395,000 towards a total project cost of $790,000.  A commemorative and community program marking the final year of the Centenary of Anzac in Albany.  The program runs from April to November and includes memorial services, festivals and an event hub.

FORM Building A State of Creativity Inc, Public Train and Silo Trail Project.  $280,000 towards a total project cost of $880,000. Development of a cultural tourism trail across key regions of WA’s south/east that transforms significant Western Australian infrastructural icons into artworks, enabling regional communities to reap economic and social benefits.

Announced on 4 August 2017, view the full list of successful Infrastructure Project Stream applications and  the full list of successful Community Investments Stream announced on 22 September 2017.